Aviation

Centre’s vested interests preventing Agra airport

UP CM has slammed the Centre for building an airport in Jewar

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has slammed the Centre for building an airport in Jewar instead of constructing the International Airport in Agra it had promised in 2013.

jewar agraTalking to India Today, Yadav said that the UP Government was intent on building an international airport in Agra due to its tourism and industrial potential and Centre’s vested interests in constructing an airport in Jewar is preventing it.

“When a proposal for Hirangaon in Firozabad was sent to the union civil aviation ministry, the ministry demanded that a proposal be also prepared for Jewar, which was subsequently prepared and sent. The union government’s priorities became clear when the Hirangaon project was set aside and Jewar was approved as the site for the new airport. It remains to be seen if the Union government will ever build an airport in Hirangaon,” Yadav added.

Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber secretary Vishal Sharma also expressed his disappointment over construction of airport at Jewar instead of Agra and accused Modi from deviating from his promises made during in his November 2013 speech in Agra.

“Whenever the Union MoS for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma visited Agra, he promised that he will lobby in the central government for an airport in Agra. The minister was made aware from time to time about the benefits of an international airport in Agra in terms of industrial and tourism development,” Sharma said.

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